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Work Starts on Seven-Story Skid Row/Historic Core Mixed-User

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Get ready for a crane on Main: the seven-story Topaz mixed-user broke ground last week on the site of a parking lot on Main just north of Sixth Street, broker/blogger Brigham Yen reports. Going up next to the Santa Fe Lofts and stretching back to Los Angeles Street, Topaz will add 159 market-rate rentals and a hefty 23,000 square feet of retail on Main and Los Angeles. The developer, Jade Enterprises, and local architect, Tate Snyder Kimsey, acknowledge the pretty glaring difference between the two streets with a big light curtain for the Los Angeles Street side that attempts to take advantage of a sunny courtyard, filter out the "harshness" of the Warehouse District, and "provide a sense of safety and visual interest." The Main Street side will feature a motor court—directly next to the Santa Fe Lofts—which is pretty unusual for the Historic Core.

· Topaz: New Mixed-User Breaks Ground in Historic Core in Downtown LA [Brigham Yen]
· See Skid Row-Adjacent Topaz Apartment's Twinkly New Facade [Curbed LA]